Today, I want to share a wonderful writing resource: Writing Active Setting Book 1: Characterization and Sensory Detail by Mary Buckham. If you haven’t had a chance to take one of Mary’s on-line writing courses, I highly encourage you to check out her schedule. She has a class on Understanding and Crafting Great Sexual Tension that starts on September 2. I’ve taken the class, and it’s excellent, too.
Here’s a blurb about ‘Writing Active Setting Book 1:
Readers usually remember the plot and characters of a story, but setting is every bit as important in creating a memorable world. Discover the difference between Ordinary Setting that bogs down your story, and Active Setting that empowers your story — creating a compelling story world, regardless of what you write.
* See how to spin boring descriptions into engaging prose.* Learn to deepen the reader's experience of your story world through sensory details.* Notice how changing characters’ POV can change your setting.* Explore ways to maximize the setting possibilities in your story.
WRITING ACTIVE SETTING is a powerful combination of fresh insights, practical examples, and how-to advice on the often overlooked but critical element of Setting ... written in a quick-to-read and easy-to-understand style, and packed with useful application exercises. ~~ Kelly L. Stone, author of THINKING WRITE: The Secret to Freeing Your Creative Mind.
I have a scene in The Last MacKlenna that takes place in a library and is seen through the eyes of both the hero and heroine. Without Mary’s guidance, I wouldn’t have been able to write that scene in both POVs. She taught me how to relate the setting to individual characters. People don’t see the same things when they walk into a room. What’s important to a woman may not be what’s important to a man. The woman might notice how the colors in the chair’s upholstery are picked up in the accessories on the tables and in the bookcases. The man might notice the placement of the sound system’s speakers. Making your settings relevant to your characters is sometimes difficult to do, but a simple sentence can turn a blah paragraph into a memorable one. That’s one of the many things I’m looking at as I go page-by-page in this editing process.
Check it out. And thank you, Mary!
Happy writing & running, Kathy
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